SCL softball: Windsor pulls another upset

By DANIEL POULTER
FOR PD PREPS

WINDSOR — Coming off last week’s upset of Petaluma and a close, nine-inning loss to Maria Carrillo, Windsor High played tough against another softball powerhouse Tuesday, beating Analy 8-7. Angelica Terrel scored the winning run on a high bouncing grounder hit by Stephany Delgreco.

The young Jaguar offense came out fast in the bottom of the first when Morgan Rasmason stole second and third bases after being hit by a pitch. Rasmason came home on a single by Terrel.

Still in the first, Lauren Bastoni and Terrel scored on back-to-back fielder’s choice plays, and the Jaguars extended their lead when Shelby Lozinto smacked a three-run homer over the center field fence.

“When a good pitcher gets into a groove, it’s hard to beat,” Windsor coach Dennis Lucchesi said of facing Analy’s ace, Megan Winters. “You’ve got to get runs early.”

Analy got one run back in the top of the third when Kelcee O’Daniel’s sacrifice fly scored Natalie Hanchey.

The Tigers did most of their damage in the fourth, starting with a single by Jenna Petray that scored Kaitlyn Jay. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Maddi Harbath hit a grounder to first. The throw came home for the force out, but the catcher’s foot came off the plate, and Madi Ortega scored. Analy added another run when Alina Goodrum scored on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the fourth Rasmason reached on a single for Windsor. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third.

That stolen base gave the senior 20 stolen bases so far this season. A Bastoni single drove Rasmason in.

Analy got that run right back in the fifth, closing to 7-5 on a sacrifice fly by Ortega.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Megan Winters ignited a game-tying two-run rally with a single. The pitcher came around to score on a single by Petray and a Jaguars throwing error that also put Petray, the tying run, at second. Ortega’s hit to center field scored pinch runner Catie Diedrich to tie the game.

Analy’s furious two-out rally was undone in the bottom of the seventh when, with Winters still on the mound, Terrel reached base on a hard hit up the middle. After a walk and an error, Delgreco, who had been 0 for 3, slapped the ball to the first base side, and Terrel scored from third with no throw.

Winters went the distance in defeat, allowing six hits, walking five and striking out 11.

Rachelle Butulia, who came in to relieve Megan Sieker, got the win. Butulia, a sophomore who handles most of the pitching duties, went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and no walks. She struck out one.

After the game, Lucchesi said he was pleased to have shaken up the SCL race by beating last year’s co-champions.

“I didn’t think we could win league, but I thought we could make noise in league,” Lucchesi said. “We have girls with heart.”